Cameron Park CSD hires new general manager

A months-long search for the new Cameron Park Community Services District general manager has come to an end.

In late September the Board of Directors selected Mary Cahill, a 20-year parks and recreation veteran, to fill the top job. Cahill, who will make $85,000 a year, started Oct. 3.

“We’re excited to have Mary come aboard,” said interim General Manager Rusty Dupray. “The community will undoubtedly benefit from her years of experience in the parks and recreation field.”

Cahill’s resumé includes a four-years stint as the Chico Area Recreation and Park District’s general manager, six years as the Sunrise Recreation and Parks District’s superintendent of Recreation and Community Services and she also held various recreation-related positions in Mammoth Lakes. In that Mono County community, Cahill also founded and served as the director of a non-profit dedicated to developmentally disabled children — California Special Sports, Winter Games. She served this organization from 1975 to 2005.

Cahill, 59, lives in Newcastle but said she’s considering renting a home in Cameron Park. “I want to be invested in the community,” she explained.

And Cahill said her initial goal is to get the community more invested in the CSD, specifically the Cameron Park Community Center.

“I’m very excited that the district has a new facility. I think it’s a tremendous asset to the community,” she said. “We’ll be taking a look at the center and (developing) new programs, possibly some new special events.”

Advertising the center as a great place for events, meetings and other functions is also part of Cahill’s game plan. The new general manager said she’ll network with the school districts, chambers of commerce and civic groups to promote cooperation between the CSD and community partners. Cahill said she’s also excited to work with the CSD board.

Dupray said he would stay on to help Cahill “as long as she needs me.” But, he added, he doesn’t anticipate that being more than a few days.

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  1. Mary Cahill was fired from the Chico Area Recreation District “without cause,” according to a press release from CARD attorney Jeff Carter.

    Steve Visconti, park division superintendent, will serve as interim CARD manager. The search for a new general manager will wait awhile, the press release stated.

    Cahill could not be reached for comment by press time.

    Cahill, who was hired in 2001 from the 155,000-person Sunrise Recreation and Park District in the Sacramento area, will get severance pay equal to one year’s pay and benefits, totaling about $100,000.

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